Although many people refer to winter as the rainy season due to the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer during the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our staff is available to help you find the best ways to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outdoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors suggest using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the environment.
Additionally, make sure to take extra protective measures once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to shield your eyes from the harsh winds to keep them from drying out your eyes.
If your dryness is persistent you may want to consider lubricating eye drops which may help treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye doctor prior to starting to use artificial tears to make sure they are the right solution for your symptoms.
Remember that if you use contacts it’s important to be extra careful in the colder months. If able, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and need to stay hydrated to retain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can change shape and stick to your eyes, causing pain and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized throughout the season!